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What price for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial install
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In responses to the guideline I posted about how much having a new aerial fitted should cost, Ian Grice posted: "£40-£50? Every aerial fitter I contacted wants at least £150+VAT considering you can get a class 3 aerial for under £10 and a class 2 for under £15 and cable is 40p a metre why are they charging so much for 30 minutes work?"

OK, for some places putting up a TV aerial is hard work, such as multi-story properties. As many people will simply be exchanging a Group A, B, C/D, E or K aerial for a wideband type, often without changing the supporting pole or cable, a high price cannot be justified.

I am concerned that some companies will exploit vulnerable groups (such as the elderly).

So, I what prices have you been quoted for aerial installations? What price have you paid for installation?

Do you know of any companies to avoid? Do you know of any companies that are good value for money?

Or do you work for a great aerial installation company?

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Monday, 5 November 2012
7:54 PM

Hi all we are based in leeds but we cover north yorkshire tadcaster york selby scarborough we go as far as skipton kieghley otley bradford we install aerials and satellites systems. i have been trading now for 31 years. a new aerial complete fitted start from £79-00 the dearest with a masthead amp is £150. repairs are £35-00 to do job plus any parts we may need to use. we dont rip customers off we offer value for money. you can reach us on freephone number above. thank you john

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john's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
fin tang
3:58 AM

My local installer is charging £330, £160 of that is for a "...high gain digital aerial...". They must think customers are stupid in trying to get away with that markup. Trouble is, there are not that many installers that know the local terrain and conditions.

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fin tang's 1 post GB flag
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

11:59 AM

i had a top installer charge me £650 when i moved into a brand new property and even thou i know what I'm doing i paid up

three years later the owner of the business said sorry and a cheque for £100 and i had been using the services of this business for 35 years which just goes to show you can get ripped off even by those that have known you for years

sad but true

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NICK ADSL UK's 72 posts GB flag

4:14 PM

NICK ADSL UK: just giving a price can be hard work. Today i gave a price to a customer( free ) there aerial was ok but the bracket and mast and coax needed changing, they also wanted there sky going too 4 extra rooms with a magic eye and remote in one. This involved a 4 way compact amp, 6 coax leads, mast, bracket, lashings, magic eye and sky + remote not a small job i quoted £228 and what i got was more or less how much! a simple question to all rigers out there am i under charging overcharging or just right ps i am in the mersyside north wesr region

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mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
steve h
8:16 PM

mazbar,always enjoy reading your posts mate. from what you have said in your previous posts merseyside does seem very competitive on prices for aerial work which drives prices down.however most installers would say thats a bit on the cheap side.some customers dont realise the amount of work required, with any luck they will be ringing you back when they have some dearer quotes.

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steve h's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 16 December 2012
9:25 PM

@NICK ADSL UK...... Under charging IMHO. Who is to say what is or is not a fair price?? Why do barristers get paid £350+ VAT per hour and no one pipes up.
I would not get out of bed for less than £220 + VAT for a XG10 on a 8-10ft 2 inch mast on a 13 inch cradle/T&K going to 1 point. If people think that's expensive then go elsewhere. What I hate are the firms that advertise £99 installed but when they turn up there will be complications that inflate the cost to £350 (we have seen it all on watchdog).
If you are happy doing all that work for £228 at a guess £130 profit, the good luck to you, however, ask yourself this. What is the main reason MOST people will not climb ladders?? I would guess that it is fear of falling no with all the best H&S in place, accidents can still happen. So when someone says to me 'it's just an aerial on the roof' I respond with 'you can borrow my ladders and crack on yourself if you like'....... Never bee taken up on the offer.
Also I do not believe in ripping people off and have quoted jobs on the phone and when I have got there turned out to be a bit more than I thought, on them few occasions I just have to swallow it as I never asked the correct questions in the 1st place.

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DoXe's 2 posts GB flag
9:32 PM

Sorry my post was meant to be directed at Mazbar.... Apologies NICK

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DoXe's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 17 December 2012

6:23 AM

DoXe: It gets harder i have a local rigger charging £65 for rx12 on 9ft mast i did get the other job but in the north west when someone gets made unemployed tgey think what can i do i know i have a set of ladders i either clean windows or gutters repair roofs or aerials most up here plump for aerials. since the switchover there is not the work for more riggers. I see cables that i know have water pouring in and befor the switchover it would have broken up but now fine still letting in water damaging there tv or stb. Thats the problem with some of the advice given on this site the people giving the advice dont know the job so dont know all the things that can go wrong, the best advice to give most of the people here should be get a good local rigger who someone you know has used and recomends, not go out and buy a aerial from a company on the net that has a big mark up and still risk your own life trying to do the aerial sorry for the rant have a great christmas to all the riggers out there

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
Thursday, 10 January 2013
paul marriott
12:34 PM

Were a small Aerial & satellite installation company based in the south East, I have been involved in the industry for 30 years and my biggest bug bear id these nation companies that spend 1000's of pounds advertising there local firms,turning up and ripping customers off with over inflated prices. There all affiliated to the various bodies but there just glorified salesmen.

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paul marriott's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 19 January 2013
10:29 PM

Hi there, wanting to know if my mum has been over charged for her aerial installation. The guy has fitted a vision 40 element digital aerial on a 6ft poll. He's put aerial sockets in 2 bedrooms and the living room. He says he's had to put a master head splitter (apologies if I get names wrong) in the living room as it is a new build and there was no socket in the loft. He says he worked from 11:30am - 4pm. He charged her £250 this includes 12month guarantee parts and labour. Is this about right. We live near Sheffield.

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Janine's 2 posts GB flag
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